A CRASH Course in Point of Care Ultrasound

Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) has become an essential tool in the resuscitation of critically ill patients. Whether it’s identifying intra-abdominal bleeding in the crumping trauma patient or helping you insert your central line safely, ultrasound will improve your clinical practice.

The Cardiac-Respiratory-Abdominal Sonography in Hypotension (CRASH) course is a one day workshop designed to teach PoCUS skills to practitioners who encounter sick patients, including emergency physicians, internists, hospitalists, trauma physicians, critical care physicians and trainees.


  • Learn the applications most useful for identifying causes of shock and hypotension
  • Learn the applications most useful for guiding your resuscitation
  • Gain the technical skills and confidence needed to implement PoCUS into your practice
  • Focus on supervised, hands-on scanning, with a low learner to faculty ratio (approx 2:1 ratio)
  • Work with experienced fellowship-trained ultrasound staff
  • Didactic material is available for registrants both before and after the course


  • Learn how to use the ultrasound machine to generate high quality images
  • Identify free fluid in the abdomen
  • Identify pericardial fluid and assess cardiac contractility
  • Identify a pneumothorax
  • Assess fluid responsiveness using the inferior vena cava
  • Identify an abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Insert an ultrasound-guided central line
  • Develop a PoCUS-guided approach to manage critically ill patients


  • Justin Ahn MD FRCPC (EM)
  • Dan Kim MD FRCPC (EM)
  • Grahame Quan MD FRCPC (EM)

Questions: crashultrasound@gmail.com